The organizers of the events listed on this calendar have expressed willingness for members elsewhere in the world to join in. Please don’t give them a bigger crowd than they can handle, and do be careful about time zones. The displayed time zone is GMT! If you add them to your own calendar, the time zone should convert to your specified time zone.

To have your virtual event added to this calendar, contact Matt C., the CAM International Calendar contact.

There may be other virtual events, as well as in-person events, which may be of interest to CAM members, hosted by various local groups listed on the American Mensa Calendar of Events.

1/ Sun­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the September ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by checking out our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the September ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

5/ Thurs­day

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  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BDT. I [Carey] participated previously, along with a few other CAM members, and had a very nice chat with some of our “siblings” in the London area. RSVP to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Downtown Lunch : In-Person 1 PM. Perhaps Mensa’s longest running event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch is held every week, alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. Join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. Since this is the first event this month, we’ll meet in person at the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub at 226 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago. Please RSVP by contacting Jon G. . We’d love to see you there!

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Broken?! A lot of things work pretty well in our world, like freely available clean water, reasonably healthy food, electricity, natural gas to heat our homes, etc. To many, it seems like other things may be a bit on the broken side, like civility, cooperation, personal safety‍‍, economic stability, personal freedom, climate. It’s very interesting to hear others’ perspectives and share your own! Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for more information or to RSVP. The Zoom access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup or e-mail Mike B.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

7/ Satur­day

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  • Murder Mystery: Disaster at the 50s Diner Dance Off Cancelled. It’s 1958, and tonight’s the night of the big dance-off at Al’s Diner. The whole town is abuzz with excitement, as the finals are going to be broadcast live on national TV! Click Dark, the host of “Dance-a-Palooza,” is in town, as is Ballou Swadeschuss, the big rock and roll star, who will be giving out the trophy. Screaming, sobbing, and fainting teens are clustered in the diner’s red-vinyl booths, cheering on the finalists and jockeying for positions on camera. The only drawback to the evening’s program is that the local sponsor and judge, used-car dealer Mr. See, insists on doing all the commercials himself, and everyone tires rapidly of hearing his corny jingle “Come SEE me for SEE-sharp deals!” The contest is narrowed down to three couples. Everyone takes a break before the final round begins—but where is Mr. See for the commercial? TV screens go dark across America as the seconds go by. Suddenly, there is a scream—Mr. See has been found stabbed through the heart. But who could have murdered him? A jealous contestant? A disapproving audience member? What about the stranger Martie McButterfly, who just showed up in a futuristic car bearing a strange “Tesla” marque? Or could it have been—YOU?

    Cancelled — Will Be Rescheduled!!

10/ Tues­day

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps Mensa’s longest running event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch is held every week, alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. Join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom access info is included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information.
    Virtual Event!!

11/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. Frost in August? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at Green Basil in Vernon Hills for some exceptional Thai food in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Lo­cated at 701 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Vernon Hills. Please RSVP (Meetup preferred) to Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.

  • Best Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing will reach its maximum rate of activity tonight. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night during the week before and after. For more information, see the space.com website or NASA’s Watch the Skies. There are also some amazing photos posted on Flickr.
    Public Event!!

12/ Thurs­day

13/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom lo­cated at 6280 E. State St. in Rockford (east of Mulford in Logli’s lot). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. RSVP required in case of cancellation or restaurant change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is using Zoom — now with closed captions — for meetings. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will e-mail the poems to be discussed. Contact Roy L. for the Zoom link or any help you might need. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: 7:30 PM. August is hot in Chicago—so come join us as Mister Tootsie walks us through creating Frozen Fruity Rum Things. Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment as well as the Zoom info by e-mail prior to the event. Make this your month to join in! This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. One person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. If space permits, the event is now open to non-CAM members (unsubsidized @$20/login). To RSVPs and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

14/ Satur­day

17/ Tues­day

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  • Dinner in in the North­west Suburbs: Italian in Blooming­dale 7 PM. Join us for dinner at Tony Spavone’s Ristorante lo­cated at 266 W. Lake St. in Bloomingdale (east of Springfield Dr., about 1.2 miles west of Bloomingdale/Roselle Rd.).

    This is a a GOBS-subsidized event where ½ the total cost (including tax plus a 20% tip, rounded up to the nearest dollar) of a CAM member’s, and one guest, dinner will be covered for up to $25/person. A refund­able deposit of $25/person is required to reserve your spot. For meals costing less than $50, the deposit amount re­fund­ed after dinner will be $25 minus ½ the total rounded down to the nearest dollar. For dinners exceeding $50, the additional amount must be given to Ken, the event host, immediately after the bill is presented. RSVP and submit your PayPal payment using Ken L.’s e‑mail address. Everyone will be notified of either their confirmed seat or their position on a waiting list. Deposits will be re­funded for cancellations prior to the dinner.See more details on Meetup. RSVP on Meetup, but if not on Meetup, via e‑mail to Ken L.. If you RSVP by e-mail, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a return e-mail with a confirmation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.

19/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Broken?! A lot of things work pretty well in our world, like freely available clean water, reasonably healthy food, electricity, natural gas to heat our homes, etc. To many, it seems like other things may be a bit on the broken side, like civility, cooperation, personal safety‍‍, economic stability, personal freedom, climate. It’s very interesting to hear others’ perspectives and share your own! Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for more information or to RSVP. This event takes place outside of Be Market24 located at 24 E. Scranton Ave. in Lake Bluff (see Meetup for location if it rains). RSVP (Meetup preferred) by e-mailing our North Suburban Coördinator, Mike B..
    Meetup In-Person Event Not in ChiMe!!

20/ Fri­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at tomorrow’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, August 21st and through Saturday, September 25th or later.

21/ Satur­day

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  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approx­i­mate vicinity of 107th St. & Western Ave. Please contact Rick E. the Beverly Area Coördinator, for this month’s lo­ca­tion and the exact time as well as more information; if e‑mailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.
    Cook County Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 1 PM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and civilized Un-PC conversation. No forbidden questions, no unchallengeable answers. This lunch happens on the third Saturday every month, but the location changes and can’t always be determined in time to make the ChiMe schedule. If you’re curious about the location and the COVID restrictions at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coör­di­na­tor. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.

Our next Monthly Gathering is on December 4th.
The December gathering will be held at the
Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008


The locations of the MGs vary.


 
  • Monthly Gath­ering
    (Held via Discord )
    The August Monthly Gathering takes place via video teleconference using Discord. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . In this age of social distancing, aren’t you ready to have some fun and to try something different?

    Test:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM in the Business Meeting channel.
    Socializing :
    7 PM in the Hospitality channels.
    Program :
    7:30 PM in the MG Speaker channel.
    Socializing & Games:
    8:30 PM in the Hospitality or Games channels and Board Game Arena .

    Volunteer
    Get involved! Chicago Mensa needs you. We’re looking for vol­un­teers to fill some of the open po­sitions listed both in the back of ChiMe or on the List of Officers. Try your hand as the ChiMe editor or as Testing Coödinator. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in.
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    Express Yourself
    Try your hand at writing an ar­ticle for ChiMe, submitting a photo, or creating a puzzle; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord!

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    Program Topic: Levi Strauss, the Gold Rush, and the World’s Most Famous Pair of Pants!

    Everybody loves them and everybody wears them. Jeans are no doubt an iconic garment and they tell the legendary story of the American West. But, did you know that they were made world famous by an adventurous Bavarian immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at age 18 in 1847? He combined his astute business sense with entrepreneurial ingenuity to become the creator of Levi’s. Join Anette Isaacs for a fascinating journey into the days of the California Gold Rush, and learn about Levi Strauss and his amazing life!”
    Members, see the full write-up in our August ChiMe.

    Discord Event!!

24/ Tues­day

  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Multi­fac­eted Minds” in Houston, Texas. See the AML 2021 AG website for details about the AG held Tuesday, August 24th through Sunday, August 29th.

26/ Thurs­day

31/ Tues­day

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  • Break­fast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Jelly Café lo­cated at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (northwest corner of Golf Rd. and Busse Hwy.), featuring a large and diverse menu. Dining might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail by 6 PM Monday, August 30th. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

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  • Dinner Out West 6:30 PM. Join us for our first month of Dinner Out West at La Hacienda De Roselle at 35 W. Irving Park Rd. in Roselle. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. GOBS will cover ½ of your meal cost, including tax and tip, up to a maximum of $10, for each CAM member and their guest. Reservations are required. RSVP directly to Beth W. no later than Sunday, August 29th.
    New Recurring Event!!
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!


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1 September/ Wednes­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the October ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by visiting our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the October ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

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  • New & “Sea­soned” Members 7 PM. We invite you to meet new members & socialize over conversation! Join us in another fun & open hour-long general discussion with other Mensans! Listen, learn, and share your insights as we welcome our newer members! All opinions are welcome. Join us on Zoom or call in using the info available as part of host Michael B.’s contact info. Join us!
    Virtual Event!!

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HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier

October 28 – 31, 2021

Only 30 more days! Join us for a fun long weekend at the Westin in Wheeling including lots of programs and games as well as most meals. Register for a discount by October 15th. Book your room by October 7th. Time and space are running out — sign up for the Excursion now!

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